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Dassel-Cokato CTE referendum results

Dassel-Cokato Superintendent Jeff Powers reported the following results for the CTE referendum held today.
The unofficial results are:
Yes  725
No   739
 
The School Board will canvass election results on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the 6 PM regular board meeting.

Dassel-Cokato referendum coming up

Please don’t forget to vote in the Dassel-Cokato Career and Technical Education referendum, slated for Tuesday, April 18.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Any eligible voter residing in the Dassel-Cokato School District boundary may vote on the 2017 bond at the combined polling places listed below:

Polling Locations:

Meeker County Dassel-Cokato School District Residents - Dassel City Hall

Wright County Dassel-Cokato School District Residents - Cokato City Hall

Dassel town hall focuses on upcoming referendum

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel TECKNOcenter owner Kyle Ackerman welcomed approximately two dozen people March 30, when he opened his doors for a forum so citizens could openly discuss the Dassel-Cokato referendum, taking place April 18.

Attendees asked questions of a panel comprised of school representatives, including Superintendent Jeff Powers, School Board Chairperson Rebecca Clemen, business teacher Neil Schlagel, and industrial technology teacher Steve Ellis. Ackerman served as moderator for the evening.

The panel kicked off the meeting by speaking about a variety of reasons the referendum is necessary.

The referendum, called the Career and Technical Education (CTE) referendum, is designed to help students explore a variety of different career options.

“This will help kids identify a wide range of careers,” Powers said. “It will offer tremendous opportunities. Not everyone is interested in a four-year school.”

“This will help kids identify a wide range of careers,” Powers said. “It will offer tremendous opportunities. Not everyone is interested in a four-year school.”

Schlagel concurred. “The CTE is giving students a leg-up in the workforce,” he said.

“It will get kids to think about careers earlier,” Ellis stated. “It will give them experience so they can make class decisions earlier.”

The audience came prepared with questions.

Clemen answered a query about why the hockey arena was not included in the CTE. “We aren’t physically or fiscally responsible for the ice arena,” she said. “We will do something when the time comes.”

Several audience members had concerns about additional costs that could be incurred as a result of an approved referendum. They asked if extra staff, equipment, classes, or programming would be necessary to gain full benefit from the CTE.

Powers responded that “a shift in resources” was a more probable outcome.

Other audience members wanted to know what they were getting for the CTE’s $7 million price point. They also wanted to know why a breakdown of expenses was not included in the mailer that went out to members of the school district.

Read the full story in the April 10 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch. Click here to subscribe to the print or online version.

Steve Ellis, Neil Schlagel, Jeff Powers, Rebecca Clemen and Kyle Ackerman worked together March 30 to answer audience questions regarding the upcoming Dassel-Cokato School District referendum.

Steve Ellis, Neil Schlagel, Jeff Powers, Rebecca Clemen and Kyle Ackerman worked together March 30 to answer audience questions regarding the upcoming Dassel-Cokato School District referendum.

PHOTO GALLERY: DC 2017 Faculty Follies

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel-Cokato’s faculty performed two faculty folly shows April 8. See photos from some of the acts by clicking here. Select images will appear in the April 17 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

2017 DC Faculty Follies April 8

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Dassel-Cokato staff members are ironing their capes for another edition of Faculty Follies, which will take place at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8 in the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center.

Every two years, the staff of Dassel-Cokato Public Schools organizes the variety show to help raise funds for local student scholarships. The performances are often goofy and creative, with skits, music, and competitions.

The 2015 show raised more than $5,100 in scholarship funds.

Acts in this year’s performances will center around the theme, “A faculty of heroes.”

General admission tickets are $5. They can be purchased at The Marketplace in Cokato, Red Rooster Foods in Dassel, and at the Dassel-Cokato Schools activities office.

Any tickets remaining can be purchased at the door before each performance.

Look for photos in the Monday, April 17 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.

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DC High School English teachers Ashlee Georges and Amy Schultz went all out for DC’s 2015 Faculty Follies.

DC High School teachers Ashlee Georges, Amy Schultz, Patrick Schuette, and Larry Marquette went all out for DC’s 2015 Faculty Follies.

DC board defines part-time kindergarten parameters

DASSEL, COKATO – After listening to rationale from Dassel Elementary Principal Debbie Morris and Cokato Elementary Principal Brian Franklin, the Dassel-Cokato School Board voted to limit district part-time kindergarten to one class section per year, at last Monday’s meeting.

The action was necessary for planning purposes.

Under the new guidelines, one part-time section, with a minimum of 15 students and a maximum of 22 students will be offered at whichever site has the most students enrolling.

Read the full story in the April 3 edition of the Enterprise Dispatch.